Understanding Scotland’s medieval cartularies

Tucker, J. (2019) Understanding Scotland’s medieval cartularies. Innes Review, 70(2), pp. 135-170. (doi: 10.3366/inr.2019.0226)

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The medieval cartulary is well known as a major source for documents. This article takes Scotland as a case study for examining how the understanding of medieval cartularies has been shaped by those works extensively used by researchers to access cartularies and their texts – in a Scottish context this is principally the antiquarian publications and modern catalogues. Both pose their own problems for scholars seeking to understand the medieval cartulary. After an in-depth examination of these issues, a radical solution is offered which shifts the attention onto the manuscripts themselves. Such an approach reveals those extant cartularies to be fundamentally varied, and not an exclusive ‘category’ as such. This in turn allows historians to appreciate the dynamic nature of cartularies as sources for documents, and to eschew the deeply embedded tendency to see the cartulary simply as a copy of a medieval archive.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Tucker, Dr Joanna
Authors: Tucker, J.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
Journal Name:Innes Review
Publisher:Edinburgh University Press
ISSN (Online):1745-5219
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Edinburgh University Press
First Published:First published in Innes Review 70(2):135-170
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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